Nicki Connell, Nutrition Technical Director
Nicki Connell is currently the Nutrition Technical Director for the Eleanor Crook Foundation. Her main areas of focus are serving as ECF’s senior representative and thought leader on research and implementation, as well as leading on the ongoing development of ECF’s research and implementation grantmaking strategy. Previously Nicki was an Emergency Nutrition Advisor for Save the Children US, where her focus was on forwarding Emergency Nutrition Operations Research and supporting Humanitarian Response Programming. Key technical areas she focused on were Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants, Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, and Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition. Nicki graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Public Health Nutrition, after obtaining a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Bath. Nicki has held various positions with non-governmental organizations, including ACF, GOAL Ireland and Save the Children US, and has worked across multiple countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Niger, Sierra Leone and Myanmar. Nicki has contributed to multiple publications including the recently released Nutrition for Developing Countries, which received a ‘highly commended’ in the Public Health category of the British Medical Association Book Awards for 2016.
Emma Feutl Kent, Operations Lead
Emma Feutl Kent is a recent graduate from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. While completing her Masters of Global Policy Studies in International Development, she had the opportunity to help launch the Uganda Grassroots Nutrition portfolio with ECF. She has previously worked with InterAction, the Aga Khan Foundation, and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. Kent grew up in Edmonton, Canada, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science at the University of Alberta.
Chytanya Kompala, Program Officer - Nutrition Research
Chytanya Kompala serves as the Nutrition Research Program Officer at the Eleanor Crook Foundation. As a global health nutritionist, her research interests include nutrition sciences, maternal and child nutrition, and innovative, scalable solutions. Previously, Kompala worked as a nutrition researcher at PATH and Sight & Life, with experience living and working in East and West Africa. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from New York University.
Brenda Kaijuka Muwaga - Uganda Programme Coordinator
Brenda Kaijuka Muwaga is currently the Uganda Programme Coordinator for the Eleanor Crook
Foundation and the face of the organization in Uganda, focusing specifically on the Uganda Grassroots Nutrition (UGN) Network. Brenda graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Public Health Nutrition following a brief initial career in the Food Industry where she worked for some of the World’s largest food industries (UNILEVER and Kraft Foods) after obtaining a BSc in Food Technology from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. Brenda has worked for predominantly the United Nations (UNICEF and WFP) both as an International and National staff, she has consulted for the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat, Graça Machel Trust and World Food Programme Regional Bureau Johannesburg as well as worked with non-governmental organizations mainly Action Against Hunger UK and Medėcins du Monde.
Solianna Meaza, Program Officer - Global Policy and Advocacy
Solianna Meaza serves as the Global Policy Advocacy Program Officer for The Eleanor Crook Foundation. She previously served as a Political Appointee to the Obama Administration, as the Advisor to the Associate Administrator, at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She led on a variety of projects for the Associate Administrator, including a domestic engagement strategy to reinforce the Agency’s Mission and work that focused on partnerships with faith-motivated business leaders, diaspora groups, NGOs, universities, and the private sector. Meaza holds a degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University.
William H. Moore, Executive Director
William Moore has served as Executive Director of The Eleanor Crook Foundation since 2015. He was formerly Chief Storyteller at the United Nations Millennium Campaign, where he helped coordinate UN country office engagement plans for the Sustainable Development Goals, and worked to highlight the human aspect of data and development. Moore serves on the Board of Directors for Bread for the World and The Alliance to End Hunger, as well as the Advisory Board for the Centre for Innovation and Health at Concern Worldwide. A North Carolina native, Moore graduated with top marks from Columbia University with a degree in American Studies.
Alexa Shook, Administration & Finance Intern
Alexa Shook serves as the Administration & Finance Intern for The Eleanor Crook Foundation. She will be graduating from North Carolina State University this December with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Following her graduation, Shook will begin law school in fall 2019 with hopes of running for public office upon completion of her degree. Previously, Shook worked in NC State’s Foundations Accounting Department as an accounting intern and with Self-Help Credit Union as a bilingual outreach intern.
Porter DeLaney, Senior Advocacy Advisor
Porter DeLaney founded the Kyle House Group in 2010 after more than a decade of senior level work in the political and international relations spheres. Porter has substantial experience working on global development and health issues, having advised a number of high-profile foundations, NGOs, international organizations, coalitions and celebrities on their outreach and advocacy efforts before the U.S. government. Porter has served as the chief architect of lobbying and advocacy campaigns that resulted in multi-billion dollar funding increases for U.S. development assistance programs, and the bipartisan passage and signing into law of major development legislation. Porter also has advised a number of Fortune 500 companies on their corporate social responsibility programs around the globe. In addition, Porter has worked extensively on national security issues, having formerly served as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense and having worked closely with leaders in the Pentagon and regional combatant commands on a range of security and development policy issues.
*Additional support staff is provided by our President, Eleanor, at no cost to the foundation.